Thanksgiving weekend saw some strong numbers at the box office, but there were no major break-out hits. A crowded market place saw quite a few solid numbers, but the overall weekend was down compared to last year.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1 was the undisputed king, taking in $42 million over the three days. The vampire film now has a total of $221 million, which is double the production budget. The Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart/Taylor Lautner love triangle has now scored about $400 million around the globe.
The Muppets (read our review) made their debut at #2 – taking $43.5 million worth of green (yeah, Kermit) since its Wendesday launch ($29.5 million over the three days). That just about covers the film’s production budget, but Disney did a heavy marketing push for the movie, meaning that it’ll need to bring home a lot of bacon (sorry, Miss Piggy) if it wants to be profitable. Having said that, Kermit and company look set to deliver their highest grossing film to date, besting 1979’s The Muppet Movie which grossed $65 million, although that was at a time when ticket prices (and budgets) were much lower. It did however, do much better than the last Muppet feature, Muppets in Space, which grossed just $16 million in 1999. That film cost $24 million, and scored just $22 million worldwide.
Animated bomb Happy Feet 2 brought in $13 million over the three days, giving the penguin sequel a total of just over $43.7 million – not good considering that the film cost well in excess of $100 million, not including its marketing campaign.
Animated Christmas tale Arthur Christmas debuted with $12.2 million for the three days or $17 million over the fiveday weekend. The Aardman animation film was in line with their 2005 Wallace and Gromit effort The Curse of the Were-Rabbit which banked $16 million on its debut, on its way to $56 million. Arthur Christmas has potential to top that – if it has a decent run up to Christmas.
Martin Scorsese’s pricey Hugo should see the out the Thanksgiving weekend with about $15.3 million ($11 million over the three days. The 3D film has had fantastic reviews (read ours here) but that doesn’t seem to have translated into an amazing gross. The film is playing in about 2,000 fewer theatres than The Muppets and Happy Feet (and about 3,000 fewer than Twilight!), so it’s not a disaster, and Paramount will undoubtedly roll it out on more screens to gain momentum. It has a solid chance at some awards traction, and should do well on the international scene.
Adam Sandler’s Jack & Jill (which we didn’t bother to review) banked a further $14 million over Thanksgiving, for a $57 million total; while Immortals grossed another $13 million, giving it a solid, but unspectacular $69 million.
Puss In Boots grossed $8.8 million over the three days, for a $13 million total, not bad considering that it debuted to “only” $34 million. The $130 million budgeted ‘toon has now banked around $200 million internationally.
Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist stole around $10 million from audiences over the turkey weekend. The Ben Stiller/Eddie Murphy comedy has now banked $65 million so far, about $10 million less than its production budget.
George Clooney’s latest awards contender – The Descendants rounded out the top 10. The Alexander Payne dramedy has had great reviews, and they’ve translated to $9.5 million Thanksgiving weekend ($7.2 million over the three days) – not bad for a film that is playing in just over 400 theaters.
That’s it for now. See you at the movies!
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Source: Boxoffice Mojo
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